Escapes: Details, Manhattan gardens

July 14, 2011

GETTING THERE

New York is 230 miles north of Washington via Interstate 95 and the New Jersey Turnpike. Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) offers daily train service between Washington’s Union Station and Penn Station in New York, with fares starting at $98 round trip. Bus lines such as BoltBus (www.boltbus.com) and Megabus (us.megabus.com) offer service with fares of about $20 one way.

STAYING THERE

New York Marriott Marquis

1535 Broadway

212-398-1900

www.marriott.com

In Times Square. Rooms from $297.

Cosmopolitan Hotel Tribeca

95 W. Broadway (at Chambers Street)

212-566-1900

www.cosmohotel.com

Great location right on the 1, 2 and 3 subway lines. Rooms from $195.

EATING THERE

Molyvos

871 Seventh Ave.

212-582-7500

www.molyvos.com

Emphasizes traditional Greek food. Entrees start at $22.

Eataly NY

200 Fifth Ave. at 23rd Street

212-229-2560

www.eatalyny.com

Several restaurants (fish, Italian, vegetarian, etc.) and food market created by Mario Batali. Entrees at Il Pesce start at $21; at La Pasta, $13.

PLAYING THERE

Central Park Conservancy

212-310-6600

www.centralparknyc.org

Conservatory Garden open daily 8 a.m. to dusk. Free 90-minute tours meet at 11 a.m. at Vanderbilt Gate (105th Street and Fifth Avenue) every Saturday through Oct. 29.

Fort Tryon Park

Fort Washington Avenue and Cabrini Boulevard

212-795-1388

www.forttryonparktrust.org

Check Web site for upcoming events. Free.

Jefferson Market Garden

Greenwich Avenue between Sixth Avenue and West 10th Street

www.jeffersonmarketgarden.org

Open afternoons except Monday, May to October, weather permitting. Free; donations welcome.

The Battery Conservancy

1 New York Plaza

212-344-3491

www.thebattery.org

Check Web site for upcoming events. Free.

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